When a defendant violates their terms of probation, consequences will result. Probation usually lasts three years, requiring a defendant to meet conditions of the court. Often, a person on probation is required to perform hours of community service, attend rehabilitation or therapy programs, meet regularly with a probation officer, undergo drug testing, and give restitution to the victim.
Penalties for violation of probation depend on how serious the violation is, any past probation violations, the probationary period that the violation occurred in, and whether a new crime is committed. Failure to meet terms of probation can lead to: extending the probation sentence, a new probation sentence with more conditions, or jail or prison terms.
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